Focusing on beating glaucoma

New laser treatments offer an effective, safe and painless alternative to treating glaucoma

Glaucoma is a degeneration of the optic nerve and a major cause of blindness, affecting more than 2 per cent of all people over 40. And if you have a family history of the condition, are shortsighted or diabetic, your risk can more than double.

Skill levels at the opticians vary greatly and some use less reliable equipment (for example, the air puff pressure test), to detect the disease.

Corneal thickness measurements are vital in all patients to help determine the accuracy of any pressure tests.

London Ophthalmology Centre offers the latest tests in monitoring glaucoma, using state-of-the-art scanners that show more detail about the health of the eye than ever before.

Micropulse laser in use

Although there are many existing treatments, glaucoma is a chronic condition where lowering the intraocular pressure has been clearly shown to be beneficial. New laser devices such as SLT (selective laser trabeculoplasty) and Micropulse laser have allowed very safe and painless treatments to be delivered to our patients in an outpatient setting.

In some cases this allows patients to cease use of daily eye-drops.

Advances in micro-surgical methods, lens implants and devices allow London OC to offer higher success rates with even quicker surgeries, all performed while the patient is awake, without the need for any anaesthetic injections. New surgical micro-implants show good results with better vision while reducing the risk of complications.

We are looking to a future where we screen everyone at risk, and detect the 50 per cent who do not know they have glaucoma while offering more effective treatments to all.

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